Sermon in brief by Roger Willmore
Prayer should be the breath of our breathing, the thought of our thinking, the soul of our feeling, and the life of our living, the sound of our hearing, the growth of our growing. Prayer in its magnitude is length without end, width without bounds, height without top, and depth without bottom. Illimitable in its breadth, exhaustless in its height, fathomless in depths, and infinite in extension. –Homer Hodge
Nothing so pleases God in connection with our prayer as our praise, and nothing so blesses the man who prays as the praise he offers. I got a great blessing once in China in this connection. I had received bad and sad news from home, and deep shadows had covered my soul. I prayed, but the darkness did not vanish. I summoned myself to endure, but the darkness only deepened. Just then I went to an island station and saw on the wall of the mission home these words: “Try Thanksgiving.” I did, and in a moment every shadow was gone, not to return. Yes, the psalmist was right: “It is a good to give thanks unto the Lord.” – Henry W. Frost, China Inland Mission
Every promise of Scripture is a writing of God, which may be pleaded before Him with this reasonable request: “Do as thou hast said.” The Creator will not cheat His creature who depends upon His truth; and, far more, the heavenly Father will not break His word to His own child. “Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope,” is most prevalent pleading. It is a double argument: It is Your Word, will You not keep it? Why have You spoken of it if your will not make it good? You have caused me to hope in it; will You disappoint the hope that You have Yourself begotten in me? –Charles Spurgeon
The prayers of holy men appease God’s wrath, drive away temptations, resist and overcome the Devil, procure the ministry and service of angels, rescind the decrees of God. Prayer cures sickness and obtains pardon; it arrests the sun in its course and stays the wheels of the chariot of the moon; it rules over all gods and opens and shuts the storehouses of rain; it unlocks the cabinet of the womb and quenches the violence of fire; it stops the mouths of lions and reconciles our suffering and weak faculties with the violence of torment and violence of permission of persecution; it pleases God and supplies all our need. –Jeremy Taylor
Beeson Divinity School Chapel, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama.
Topic: A Heart Longing for God….Psalm 84 1/30/2007
In February 2008, I had the privilege to speak at the annual Legislative Prayer Luncheon attended by the Governor and the Legislators. I gave a biblical admonition to be men and women of character. The link below will take you to a report containing a portion of the sermon